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Community Champion Award: Jalen Rose


Jalen Rose

In recognition of his philanthropy and charitable sponsorship, Jalen Rose, ESPN analyst and 13-year NBA veteran, received the first-ever Black Enterprise Community Champion Award.

“I have won community awards before, but this one is especially humbling since it came after my NBA career and is being presented by Black Enterprise,” says Rose.

The award recognizes individuals working to promote and encourage volunteerism, business development, minority empowerment, education, wealth preservation and leadership in their hometowns.

Rose, who was also listed as one of “America’s Leading Black Philanthropist” by BE in 2005 founded The Jalen Rose Foundation in 2000, which aims to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the development of unique programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. The grants focus on sports and education and are distributed in Rose’s hometown of Detroit and other communities in need.

The foundation has distributed nearly $1 million to charities including support for the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, victim’s assistance programs for those affected by Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami disaster in Asia, an endowment for a scholarship at the University of Michigan, and five four-year scholarships annually to Detroit high school seniors based on academic achievement, goals, extracurricular and community activities, and financial need. Each year one of the scholars is selected from Southwestern high school, Rose’s alma mater.

“It’s important that people with influential roles in society take the initiative to help others in need. I hope that my charity efforts motivate others to get more actively involved in their communities,” he says. “Let’s make philanthropy a chain reaction and everyone start to pay it forward.”

— Tamara E. Holmes, Maya Payne Smart, LaToya Smith, and Tennille M. Robinson contributed to this article.

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  • Annette Culpepper


    Congratulations!! We are so proud of you and look forward to many more accomplishments from you.


    Annette C.

  • Nadine Smith

    DUUUUUUUUUDE! Ms. Smith is so proud of you. I am tellin EVERYBODY to look at what my AWESOME student has accomplished. YOU DO YOU!!! Keep goin man…keep goin! No limitations…well unless yo momma says so.

    Luv You
    Ms. Smith

  • Dad

    Okay I’m dad ..but it still counts, I am very proud of you :0)

  • Tammi and Brian Lloyd

    Jordan! Jordan! Jordan! We can’t stop smiling b/c we’re too excited and proud of YOU! Here’s a virtual HIGH FIVE and a HUGE hug – WE LOVE YOU! Congratulations!
    Aunt-T and Uncle B

  • A.Asbury

    Congratulations Jordan! I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work. I’ve already spread the word and will be placing my order soon.

    Love Ya!
    “Auntie” Freda

  • ron parker

    Jordon, we are very proud of your honor as Teen Entrepreneur. Your creativity and tenacity is a model for all young and old business leaders.
    All the best. Tell your mother “hello” for me.
    Ron Parker
    SVP, PepsiCo

  • Jordan,

    Congratulations, I am so very proud of you. I will be sharing this with the young people in my family. You are an encouragement to everyone. Don’t forget I am your other Auntie. Love ya!

  • Jordan,

    Congratulations, I am so very proud of you. I will be sharing this with the young people in my family. You are an encouragement to everyone. Don’t forgt I am your other Auntie. Love ya!

    Aunt Stephie

  • Rochelle Simmons

    WOW! Jordan, this is sooooooo awesome! I am too proud of you. Way to go!
    Ms. Rochelle

  • Jordan, I am so proud of you. You are an example to young people everywhere. You are inspiration to me as well as others. Congratulations on your business and your well deserved award.

    Betsy Culpepper (cousin)

  • Denise (Arizona)

    Hi Jordan,

    I’m not one bit surprised at what you have accomplished. Not only are you intelligent but you are a go-getter and having those two qualities will take you far beyond anything you can imagine. I can’t see anything stopping you. Now, back to reality…… I’m still waiting for a Wii Tennis re-match. Lol…..Congratulations!!!!

    Denise Collins (Arizona)

  • Hello Valerie,
    We are honored to be employed by the best of the best! You inspire us all….congratulations!
    Teri and staff

  • Talika


    I wish you the best in your business. Congratulations on being named the 2009 Teenpreneur of the Year!

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